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MS Won't Appeal Immediate Sanctions
Monday, January 24 2005 @ 06:55 PM EST

Microsoft says it will "forgo" its right to appeal the immediate sanctions ordered by the EU Commission, and will work to implement them and to concentrate on appealing the main ruling instead:

"Rather than seeking to suspend the Commission's remedies, Microsoft's focus now is on working constructively with the Commission on their full and prompt implementation." . . .

Microsoft said a European edition of Windows without Media Player would be available "in the coming weeks" and it had made specifications available to rival makers of server software -- a second key Commission order.

But Microsoft said it would continue to appeal the Commission's landmark ruling from March 2004, when the EU's competition watchdog also levied a record 497 million euro ($649.7 million) fine.

"We remain very optimistic as we move forward in this process, and are encouraged that the December court order noted that a number of Microsoft's arguments could provide a basis for overturning the EC's decision," Microsoft said in a statement.

I thought you'd like to know that not all corporate behavior in litigation is bizarre. This is a rational response to a loss.

Here's their page entitled "Microsoft Implementation of European Commission Decision, which sets forth the license terms. There is also a license to evaluate for two days the technical documentation for potential license. If you license, here are the terms, subject to revision by the Commission:

1. The Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement for Development and Product Distribution ("WSPP Development Agreement") grants to licensees, on a royalty basis, certain of Microsoft European intellectual property rights for the purpose of interoperability with Microsoft client and server operating systems. Specifically, licensees will obtain the rights to use the licensed Microsoft technical documentation to develop implementations of the WSPP communications protocols for the available server tasks enabled by the WSPP protocols that the licensee selects. In particular, this Program makes available, under the license, the communications protocols implemented in Windows Server Operating Systems1 and that are used by a Windows Work Group Server2 to deliver file and print services and group and user administration services (including the Windows Domain Controller Services, Active Directory services, and Group Policy services) to Windows Work Group Networks.3 Under the Program license terms, the technical documentation for these protocols, which will be provided to licensees through secured access, can be used in the development and distribution of work group server operating system products within the European Economic Area to accomplish one or both of the specific work group server tasks identified above. All licenses available under the Program require completion of the program entry requirements and payment of fees. As mentioned above, the terms of the WSPP Development Agreement are subject to revision upon comment by the European Commission.

________________________

1 "Windows Server Operating Systems" means the software distributed and licensed by Microsoft as Windows 2000 Server Standard Edition and Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.

2 "Windows Work Group Server" means a computer connected to a network and on which a Windows Server Operating System is installed.

3 "Windows Work Group Network" means any group of (i) personal computers connected to a network and on each of which a Windows Client Operating System is installed and (ii) Windows Work Group Servers, linked together via a computer network. "Windows Client Operating Systems" means the software distributed and licensed by Microsoft as Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Home or their successors for use on Intel-based personal computers.

Notice the geographical limits. Here's their FAQ page for more info. I always hated Windows Media Player, because it was such a snoop. Take a look on the FAQ page of all the files Microsoft was ordered to remove, some 186 of them. It's a handy list. If I still used Windows, I'd probably try to self-help or something. There is something in my nature that can't see a list like that one and not want to know what all the files do. I bet if I looked each one up, and I would before removing anything, I'd get a pretty clear picture of just what Media Player was up to. My hair would probably stand on end. So, knowing me, I'd back everything up first, have my CDs ready to reinstall if necessary, and then probably do it the easy way, with Zone Alarm maybe, or one of my books on Windows, checking out each file, and then probably I'd have looked in the registry to see what else I could learn. Then I'd try removing and see what happened. I am actually feeling nostalgic.

On the FAQ page they give this timetable:

Q: When will you implement the European Commission Decision?

A: We are completing the process of preparing these new versions of Windows XP for commercial release. We have agreed with the Commission on a reasonable timetable to distribute these versions of Windows XP. Now that we have received the Order of the President of the Court of First Instance, we are able to finalize testing and make them available to our largest computer manufacturers in January, 2005, and to others in February.

Hmm. Maybe it would be good to list the files right here, the Internet being what it is and all:

Appendix: Files Required to Be Removed by the European Commission Decision

End User Multimedia Functionality

1. MPLAYER2.CNT
2. MPLAYER2.EXE
3. MPLAYER2.HLP
4. MPLAYER2.INF
5. MSDXMLC.DLL
6. DXMASF.DLL
7. MSDXM.OCX
8. UNREGMP2.EXE
9. WMERRENU.DLL
10. WMPVIS.DLL
11. ASFERROR.DLL
12. CEWMDM.DLL
13. CUSTSAT.DLL
14. DLIMPORT.EXE
15. MPVIS.DLL
16. MSISAM11.DLL
17. MSSCP.DLL
18. MSUNI11.DLL
19. MUSIC.ASX
20. MUSIC.BMP
21. MUSIC.WMA
22. NPDS.ZIP
23. NPDSPLAY.DLL
24. PLYR_ERR.CHM
25. SETUP_WM.EXE
26. SHMEDIA.DLL
27. WMERROR.DLL
28. WMP.DLL
29. WMP.INF
30. WMP.OCX
31. WMPASF.DLL
32. WMPBAND.DLL
33. WMPCD.DLL
34. WMPCORE.DLL
35. WMPDXM.DLL
36. WMPLAYER.ADM
37. WMPLAYER.CHM
38. WMPLAYER.EXE
39. WMPLOC.DLL
40. WMPNS.DLL
41. WMPNS.JAR
42. WMPSHELL.DLL
43. WMPSTUB.EXE
44. WMPUI.DLL
45. MYMUSIC.INF
46. PLYLST1.WPL
47. PLYLST10.WPL
48. PLYLST11.WPL
49. PLYLST12.WPL
50. PLYLST13.WPL
51. PLYLST14.WPL
52. PLYLST15.WPL
53. PLYLST2.WPL
54. PLYLST3.WPL
55. PLYLST4.WPL
56. PLYLST4.WPL
57. PLYLST6.WPL
58. PLYLST7.WPL
59. PLYLST8.WPL
60. PLYLST9.WPL
61. ATOMIC.WMZ
62. BLUESKY.WMZ
63. CANVAS.WMZ
64. CLASSIC.WMZ
65. COMPACT.WMZ
66. GOO.WMZ
67. HEART.WMZ
68. ICONIC.WMZ
69. OPTIK.WMZ
70. PYRITE.WMZ
71. RADIO.WMZ
72. REVERT.WMZ
73. ROUNDLET.WMZ
74. RUSTY.WMZ
75. SKINS.INF
76. HEADSP~1.WMZ
77. MINIPL~1.WMZ
78. PERSONAL.WMZ
79. PRO.WMZ
80. SPLAT.WMZ
81. TOOTHY.WMZ
82. BKTR.GIF
83. BKTRH.GIF
84. CLOAPP.GIF
85. CLOAPPH.GIF
86. CNT.GIF
87. CNTD.GIF
88. CNTH.GIF
89. CONTENTS.HTM
90. CONTROLS.CSS
91. CONTROLS.JS
92. COPYCD.WMV
93. EVENTS.JS
94. MDLIB.WMV
95. MPLOGO.GIF
96. MPLOGOH.GIF
97. NUSKIN.WMV
98. RTUNER.WMV
99. SND.HTM
100. TAOFF.GIF
101. TAOFFH.GIF
102. TAON.GIF
103. TAONH.GIF
104. TOUR.JS
105. TOURBG.GIF
106. TPAUSE.GIF
107. TPAUSEH.GIF
108. TPLAY.GIF
109. TPLAYH.GIF
110. VIDEOBG.GIF
111. VIDSAMP.GIF
112. VIZ.WMV
113. WM1.GIF
114. WM2.GIF
115. WM3.GIF
116. WM4.GIF
117. WM5.GIF
118. WM6.GIF
119. WM7.GIF
120. WM8.GIF
121. WM9.GIF
122. WMPAUD1.WAV
123. WMPAUD2.WAV
124. WMPAUD3.WAV
125. WMPAUD4.WAV
126. WMPAUD5.WAV
127. WMPAUD6.WAV
128. WMPAUD7.WAV
129. WMPAUD8.WAV
130. WMPAUD9.WAV
131. WMPLOC.JS
132. WMPTOUR.CSS
133. WMPTOUR.HTA
134. MPLAY32.EXE
135. MINDEX.DLL
Windows Media Platform Technology

1. WMVDMOE.DLL
2. ACELPDEC.AX
3. L3CODECX.AX
4. MPG4DS32.AX
5. MSADDS32.AX
6. MSSCDS32.AX
7. WMV8DS32.AX
8. WMVDS32.AX
9. L3CODECA.ACM
10. MP43DMOD.DLL
11. MP4SDMOD.DLL
12. MPG4DMOD.DLL
13. MSAUD32.ACM
14. SL_ANET.ACM
15. WMADMOD.DLL
16. WMADMOE.DLL
17. WMSDMOD.DLL
18. WMSDMOE.DLL
19. WMSDMOE2.DLL
20. WMSPDMOD.DLL
21. WMSPDMOE.DLL
22. WMV8DMOD.DLL
23. WMVDMOD.DLL
24. WMVDMOE2.DLL
25. MSPMSPSV.DLL
26. MSPMSNSV.DLL
27. MSPMSP.DLL
28. MSWMDM.DLL
29. WMDM.INF
30. WMDMLOG.DLL
31. WMDMPS.DLL
32. ASFSIPC.DLL
33. DRMCLIEN.DLL
34. DRMSTOR.DLL
35. NPWMSDRM.DLL
36. BLACKBOX.DLL
37. DRMV2CLT.DLL
38. NPDRMV2.DLL
39. NPDRMV2.ZIP
40. WMVCORE2.DLL
41. LAPRXY.DLL
42. LOGAGENT.EXE
43. WMIDX.OCX
44. WMASF.DLL
45. WMFSDK.INF
46. WMIDX.DLL
47. WMVCORE.DLL
48. STRMDLL.DLL
49. MSNETOBJ.DLL
50. WMNETMGR.DLL
51. WMSTREAM.DLL


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